Members’ Showcase: Laura Waller, Linda Gerson, Eva Rose Goetz

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Members’ Showcase: Laura Waller, Linda Gerson, Eva Rose Goetz
Laura Waller, Museo No. 4: Museum of Modern Art, 2020, oil on linen, 36 x 36 x 1.5 in., 2020.
Laura Waller
Laura Waller, I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar No.16, oil on canvas, 40 x 40 in., 2020.

I feel out of it. Everything is touched by this Pandemic but most of all, I feel out of it without people. And so, I paint what I miss. 

Laura Waller, Museo No. 2: Tampa Museum of Art, 2020, oil on linen, 36 x 36 x 1.5 in., 2020.

First, I painted friends and relatives as large faces that captured the essence of each person in their eyes and mouths which is how I feel we communicate. Gradually my studio filled with friendly faces and I was not alone. This series premieres at Elizabeth Moss Galleries September 26th.

Laura Waller, Museo No. 4: Museum of Modern Art, 2020, oil on linen, 36 x 36 x 1.5 in., 2020.

Then I began two series that reflected the activities I missed most – gathering at art museums and eating out with those I love. The former gave me an added gift as I got to paint in the manner of favored artists in museums.

The Eating Out series evokes the joy when out  with a group of friends in a convivial restaurant setting. For me the best of dinners feels like a Mad Hatter’s  Tea Party.

Laura Waller, Eating Out No. 2: Foreside Tavern, oil on linen, 30 x 30 in., 2020.

Painting puts me in touch with what I miss during the Pandemic— literally.

Linda Gerson
Linda Gerson, Where I Have Been, mixed media, 16 x 16 in.

Linda Gerson, Surge, acrylic, 36 x 22 in.

Initially anxious, unmotivated, and disoriented, this time has opened possibilities I could never have imagined. Isolating at home with few distractions has given me the time to focus on my art in a new way. I am nourished by nature, my garden and my heightened awareness in the moment.

Linda Gerson, Remember, mixed media, 14 x 17 in.
Linda Gerson, Apple Orchard, mixed media, 15 x 11 in.

As I continue to work as a psychotherapist from home, I think my recent artwork reflects the roller coaster of inner peace entwined with worry about loved ones and the world.

Eva Rose Goetz

“Greetings from the New World”: Painting within a pandemic

In March, asked to socially isolate and wash our hands, I began journaling the pandemic through paintings. The world had stopped and all of us were experiencing and wondering what may greet us, together, isolated within the pandemic. This series was to visually report, reflect, and transcend the hurt and confusion playing out within the collective and myself; a coping mechanism.

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Eva Rose Goetz, Shelter in Place, acrylic and gouache on canvas, 24 x 24 in, 2020.

As I painted, many died from the virus. COVID-19 brought into sharp focus unsustainable practices hidden within the folds of affluence and unjust health care policies. The murder of George Floyd proclaimed brutal police policies, coupled with racism, are undeniably alive and running through America’s veins. As the availability of water and space to distance became understood as necessary, the virus rebranded homelessness and the incarcerated as a “social health crisis.” Essential workers were revealed as the heroes they always have been, providing services necessary for our survival, with health care workers the superheroes, tirelessly caring for us.

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Eva Rose Goetz, No-Shelter-In-Place, acrylic and gouache on canvas, 24 x 24 in, 2020.

Called to witness and absorb, I painted about it all.

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Eva Rose Goetz, Church and State, acrylic and gouache on canvas, 24 x 24 in, 2020.
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Eva Rose Goetz, Pin the Tail..., acrylic and gouache on canvas, 30 x 30 in, 2020.

I still paint. This story is not done.

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